Family of late show trucker, fleet owner Bill Hall Jr. to pay $160k to settle truck grant dispute

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Updated Jan 21, 2016
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The estate of the late Bill Hall Jr. has agreed to pay $160,000 to the state of Texas to end a lawsuit brought against it by the state’s environmental agency over Hall’s fleet’s use of grant money awarded to lease new trucks.

Hall’s 130-truck aggregate-hauling fleet, Bill Hall Jr. Trucking out of San Antonio, was well known on the show truck circuit as an annual contender at major Pride & Polish shows. He was killed in October 2013 after the motorcycle he was driving crashed when it was struck by his wife’s SUV.

His wife Frances was charged with murder following the deadly crash, proceedings of which are still unresolved.

According to court documents, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sued Hall’s estate in April 2014, seeking repayment of part of the $475,000 in grant money awarded to Hall’s company in 2008.

The funds were granted to help Hall and his fleet lease 13 low-emissions trucks, according to court documents, and Hall was contractually obligated to run the trucks a certain amount of time or mileage, as specified by 13 individual contracts for each piece of equipment. Hall received between $13,000 and $19,000 for each lease.

He returned the leased equipment in late 2012, however, without fulfilling the agreed-upon terms of the contracts, the state claimed in a suit filed after his death.

Probate Judge Tom Rickoff signed off on the agreement January 11.

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